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After months of games, we've finally reached the final four in the NFL. In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints take on the Los Angeles Rams in the Superdome in New Orleans. In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs have to slay the Goliath New England Patriots if they want to go to the Super Bowl. 


After weather played a bit of a role in the Divisional Round for the Chiefs and Pats, it will once again have an effect in the AFC Championship game. For the Saints, they'll be nice and warm in their dome so weather is irrelevant. But in Kansas City, fans better pack an extra layer of clothing because it is going to be absolutely freezing at Arrowhead Stadium. 

These near arctic conditions will make the ball rock hard. That will surely affect the passing game a bit, even if these are two all-world quarterbacks, but it could also impact kicking. That harder the ball the shorter you can kick it is typically the case. 

The coldest playoff game in KC was between the Chiefs and Colts in 1996, which had a temperature of -6 degrees at kick. The 1982 AFC Championship game ever was in Cincinnati between the Bengals and Chargers, which had a temperature of -9 degrees and a wind chill of -59 degrees. 


With an opening Over/Under at 57 points, it will be interesting to see which way this bet goes. A lot of people believe the colder the temperature, the lower the score. But the last time these two teams played, they combined for over 80 points (a 43-40 win for the Patriots this year). 

​​Still, it will be freezing in Kansas City on Sunday and if you're headed to the game make sure to bundle up.


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